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  • 3 dead after crossbow attack in Toronto

    08/25/2016 11:29:59 AM PDT · by marthemaria · 59 replies
    Three people have died after an attack involving a crossbow in Toronto’s east end. The incident happened near Markham Road and Eglinton Avenue East in Scarborough Thursday afternoon. Toronto paramedics said two males and one female were pronounced dead at the scene. One male was transported to hospital with minor injuries. Police say the man who placed the call to 911 is one of the deceased. A man has been taken into custody, police said, and there doesn’t appear to be any suspects outstanding. Police say a crossbow was found nearby, and there were other items found in the area...
  • Obama shortens terms for 214 prisoners; 67 had life sentence

    08/03/2016 11:04:58 AM PDT · by marthemaria · 29 replies
    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is cutting short the sentences of 214 federal inmates, including 67 serving life sentences. The White House says it's the largest batch of commutations on a single day in more than a century. Almost all the prisoners were serving time for nonviolent drug offenses. The commutations bring to 562 the total number of sentences Obama has shortened. The White House says that's more than the past nine presidents combined. Almost 200 of those who have benefited were serving life sentences. White House counsel Neil Eggleston says Obama will continue granting clemency to more inmates...
  • Protest at State Capitol turns violent

    06/26/2016 12:55:32 PM PDT · by marthemaria · 52 replies
    A protest at the State Capitol turned violent where at least six people have been stabbed during a rally, law enforcement said. Sacramento Fire Department reports multiple stabbing victims at State Capitol during rally. Fire crews are triaging patients. Five people were taken to area hospitals from the rally and some people have critical trauma stab wounds, fire officials said. No additional information has been released.
  • French woman with baby fights off armed robber

    04/18/2016 9:41:35 AM PDT · by marthemaria · 18 replies
    A woman owner of a French bar beat a hapless armed robber round the head with his own bag and chased him out of the premises in dramatic scenes captured on CCTV. In the video, which has become a hit on French social media, a masked man is seen entering the Bocage Normand bar, at Vire in the Normandy region of northern France, brandishing a handgun. The reaction of the manageress Nathalie Leclerc-Pelan is a lesson in “sang froid”. She calmly puts down the baby she is holding, and starts to berate the gun-wielding thief who proffers a bag and...
  • Google says sorry for racist auto-tag in photo app

    04/09/2016 4:08:58 AM PDT · by marthemaria · 13 replies
    Google Photos labelled a picture of two black people as ‘gorillas’ Google Maps and Flickr have also suffered from race-related problems Google has apologized after its new photo app labelled two black people as “gorillas”. The photo service, launched in May, automatically tags uploaded pictures using its own artificial intelligence software. “Google Photos, y’all fucked up. My friend’s not a gorilla,” Jacky Alciné tweeted on Sunday after a photo of him and a friend was mislabelled as “gorillas” by the app. Shortly after, Alciné was contacted by Yonatan Zunger, the chief architect of social at Google. “Big thanks for helping...
  • After Anal Rape, Left Wing Activist Felt guilt that his Migrant Attacker Was Deported

    04/08/2016 11:09:18 AM PDT · by marthemaria · 40 replies
    A left wing activist has bared all to a Norwegian documentary crew about his rape at the hands of a Somalian migrant, and his despair at seeing the man deported. An active member of the Norwegian Socialist Left Party (SV) who described himself as an ardent “feminist and anti-racist” explained the difficulty he experienced accepting that he had been anally raped by a male migrant. He said he didn’t blame the man for the attack, and regretted the fact he had been sent back to Somalia. Attacked as a young man, his rapist was convicted six months after the fact...
  • Salah Abdeslam: Family and friends 'protected' Isis Paris attacker in Brussels

    03/23/2016 10:32:46 AM PDT · by marthemaria · 56 replies
    Family, friends and a network of petty criminals, rather than Islamic State (Isis), hid Paris attacker Salah Abdeslam in the Molenbeek neighbourhood of Belgian capital Brussels over the course of a four-month international manhunt, French and Belgian officials have said. Anne Hidalgo, the Mayor of Paris, where 130 were killed in the November 2015 attacks, has said she believed the community of Molenbeek had "undoubtedly protected" Abdeslam. Speaking on French radio, Hidalgo said the investigation into how Abdeslam had evaded police capture, despite an intensive international manhunt, would show "family support networks" and petty criminals had hidden the Belgian national...
  • Norway mass killer Anders Breivik compares himself to Mandela in court

    03/18/2016 9:45:29 AM PDT · by marthemaria · 40 replies
    Far-right terrorist Anders Behring Breivik compared himself to anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela as he gave testimony in his lawsuit against the Norwegian state Wednesday. Breivik, an ultranationalist who boasted of killing his victims to prevent the "Islamization" of his country, said the difference between himself and the revered South African statesman was that Mandela "ordered action," while he had been the one to "carry out the action." The 37-year-old, who killed 77 people in a shooting rampage and bombing attack in 2011, is suing Norway over his treatment behind bars, alleging that it is a "sadistic" attempt by Norwegian authorities...
  • Polar bears in Svalbard in good condition – so far

    The Norwegian Polar Institute has carried out a counting of polar bears in Svalbard, financed by the Ministry of Climate and Environment. The results show that there are probably more polar bears than the last time the bears were counted in this area in 2004, in spite of the fact that there have been many years with poor ice cover during this period. "The Barens Sea Bears" migrate between Norwegian and Russian territory. Polar bears on the Russian side were included in the previous counting, but as the Russians did not take part this time, the results are uncertain. The...
  • Obama intends to nominate successor for Scalia on Supreme Court: CNN

    President Barack Obama intends to nominate a Supreme Court justice after the death of Justice Antonin Scalia created a vacancy, CNN reported on Saturday, citing unnamed sources.
  • Watch: Bernie Sanders Tries to Help Man Who Collapses at Campaign Event

    02/05/2016 7:53:57 AM PST · by marthemaria · 23 replies
    Stand up moment for Bernie Sanders. Sanders briefly halted a campaign event in New Hampshire Thursday to try to help a man who collapsed on stage. "Oh my God," Sanders said when the man fell just after the Democratic presidential candidate was taking a question in Concord about the schedule of debates. The scary thump could be heard on video that captured the moment. Sanders waited near the man until he was helped off the stage about a minute later. The specifics of why the man had collapsed and his condition after walking away were not immediately clear. The man...
  • Refugees armed with knife filmed mugging two journalists documenting their plight

    01/23/2016 3:37:41 AM PST · by marthemaria · 5 replies
    Footage has emerged showing the moment a group of refugees armed with a knife attacked two journalists who were documenting their plight. Maaike Engels was filming with her colleague Teun Voeten when he was pounced on by a three men who tried to steal his camera at the Jungle migrant camp in Calais. Voeten is tackled to the ground as the camera keeps rolling for their new documentary ‘Calais: Welcome to the Jungle’. The attack is quickly broken up by other refugees who throw stones at the young men. A short chase ensues before the footage ends. A video of...
  • Israeli reporter is accidentally stabbed THROUGH a 'knife-proof' vest

    01/07/2016 8:59:26 AM PST · by marthemaria · 15 replies
    An Israeli reporter was accidentally stabbed on the job while demonstrating a protective vest. Eitam Lachover was filming a story about a company making the protective clothing at a time when Israel is facing near-daily stabbing attacks by Palestinians. Linda Bar, a spokeswoman for Israel's state broadcaster, said Lachover was asked to try on the vest and demonstrate a thwarted stabbing. But the knife penetrated the vest, lightly wounding him in the upper back. Yaniv Montakyo, a vice president at the company that makes the vest, told Israeli Channel 2 TV that he stabbed Lachover in an area of the...
  • Isis executes first female citizen journalist

    01/05/2016 12:00:32 PM PST · by marthemaria · 11 replies
    The execution of Ruqia Hassan marks the fifth journalist who reported on Isis to be killed since October, according to Syrian journalism organisation, Syria Direct. Ms Hassan, who also went by the pseudonym Nisan Ibrahim on social media, was a reporter and activist for Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently (RBSS), a group exposing human rights abuses from within Syria. Abu Mohammed, founder of RBSS, tweeted on Saturday that Ms Hassan’s last words were: “I’m in Raqqa and I received death threats, and when Isis [arrests] me and kills me it’s ok because they will cut my head and I have...
  • Germany-Netherlands friendly in Hannover canceled (Possible truckbomb disguised as a ambulance)

    The international friendly between Germany and the Netherlands in Hanover has been canceled over security concerns, German police have confirmed. A suspicious object had been found before the game. Less than two hours before kick-off in the international match between Germany and the Netherlands in Hanover, the fixture has been canceled by German police. Police confirmed that an object had been found in the stadium, forcing all personel to be evacuated immediately. Earlier in the evening a "suspicious object" had been discovered by police forces around the stadium. Road blocks were set-up and no fans were allowed to enter the...
  • My dad got diagnosed with COPD Stage 3 bordering to stage 4. (prayer request)

    10/17/2015 6:47:36 PM PDT · by marthemaria · 76 replies
    I knew he was sick and getting worse.My dad is the type that do not go to doctors ever. But now he wanted to go.I went with him to a lung doctor the other day that gave him the bad news. He is so strong and relaxed about it though. He has stopped smoking this summer which is extremely good. But still he is stage 3 -borderline to 4. Maybe I ask for prayers do deal with my dad being sick. I tend to worry and fuss a bit and become very protective. My dad seems to cope very good....
  • Family of Alan Kurdi speaks out (Drowned syrian boy died because father wanted new teeth)

    09/05/2015 12:49:34 PM PDT · by marthemaria · 25 replies
    Images of Alyan face-down in the surf circulated world-wide on Thursday, spawning outrage at the perceived inaction of developed nations. In a statement to police obtained by the Hurriyet newspaper, Abdullah said he had twice paid smugglers to take him and his family to Greece but their efforts had failed. “I want the whole world’s eyes on us (because) we have experienced a disaster. Let this be the last”. According to Canadian journalist Terry Glavin, who spoke to the aunt in Vancouver, Aylan’s father Abdullah had been kidnapped during the Islamic State siege Kobane earlier this year and had all...
  • ISIS burns 4 hog-tied men alive in new video

    09/04/2015 12:17:28 PM PDT · by marthemaria · 56 replies
    ISIS set four captured Iraqi men on fire by hog-tying them upside down, hanging them from a pole, then burning them alive. Once again, the savage execution was captured on video and shared on social media accounts friendly with the terror group as part of its propaganda and fear campaign. The four men in orange jumpsuits introduce themselves on camera and are made to watch videos of other ISIS executions before they’re marched out to the desert, with chains around their wrists and ankles, to their fate. After a man wearing camouflage and a mask explains how the men must...
  • Rare snow in Australia as Antarctic chill sweeps eastern states

    07/18/2015 8:37:26 AM PDT · by marthemaria · 23 replies
    Temperatures have plummeted to more than 10 degrees below average in places, while Sydney has had its coldest July weather in 44 years now has fallen in parts of Australia where such falls are so rare the weather bureau does not have the tools to measure it as temperatures plunged to more than 10 degrees below average. Antarctic air pushed up through central New South Wales and on to Queensland – known as the Sunshine State – over the past week bringing on a winter cold front not seen in some parts since the mid-1980s. In Queensland, snow fell in...
  • Boy Studying Outside McDonald's Gets Scholarship

    07/12/2015 6:15:03 AM PDT · by marthemaria · 8 replies
    A homeless boy who was pictured doing his homework by the light from a McDonald's has been inundated with offers of help. People who saw the photos have now donated cash, school supplies and a college scholarship - which he hopes will enable him to fulfil his dream of becoming a police officer. Daniel's mother, Christina Espinosa, said: "We're overjoyed. I don't know what I will do with all of these blessings. "Now, Daniel will not have to suffer just to finish his studies." The ABS-CBN channel tracked down the Cabrera family and found they did not have a permanent...
  • Sheriff on police shooting victim: 'We are glad that he is white' because we don't want 'backlash'

    05/16/2015 4:01:42 AM PDT · by marthemaria · 24 replies
    During a press conference earlier this week explaining the circumstances under which local police shot a suspect they were pursuing, Sheriff Ed Mattingly of Bardstown, Kentucky, expressed relief that the man who was shot was white. "We are glad that he is white, and we shouldn't have to be worried about that. And we do not want any backlash or violence in this community because people have been misinformed," Mattingly said. Mattingly's comments have themselves caused backlash in what otherwise might have been a comparatively uncontroversial incident: Unlike high-profile cases like the killings of Walter Scott and Eric Garner —...
  • Slaughter on the beach: ISIS behead and shoot Ethiopian Christians.

    04/19/2015 7:02:01 AM PDT · by marthemaria · 21 replies
    A shocking new video appearing to show at least 30 Christians being beheaded and shot by ISIS has been released this afternoon. The 29-minute video, titled 'Until It Came To Them - Clear Evidence', shows dozens of militants holding two separate groups captive in Libya. At least 16 men, described by Islamic State as the 'followers of the cross from the enemy Ethiopian Church', are lined up in a desert area while 12 others are filmed being forced to walk down a beach. fore the killings a masked fighter in black brandishes a pistol as he vows to kill Christians...
  • Why Did 500 Danish Muslims Attend Copenhagen Terrorist’s Funeral?

    02/21/2015 1:58:59 PM PST · by marthemaria · 26 replies
    After 22-year-old Palestinian-born Omar EL-Hussein carried out his terror attacks on the streets of Copenhagen in Denmark, killing two innocent Danes, the last thing anyone expected was for him to be honored by hundreds of people at his funeral. However, that is what happened, as an estimated 500 Muslim sympathizers turned out to the funeral at an unmarked grave in Broendby. Before he was buried, a short ceremony was held at a Copenhagen mosque following Friday prayers, where a man of African origin told the AFP, “There were a lot of young people that you don’t normally see there… because...
  • Police deploy to save autistic boy's birthday

    02/21/2015 11:58:15 AM PST · by marthemaria · 22 replies
    All it took was a Facebook post, the kindness of strangers and eventually a helicopter to save the day for a 6-year-old Florida boy. For Glenn Buratti's birthday, his mother Ashlee Buratti said she invited his entire class over for a party. When none of the 16 kids showed up, her son was devastated. "To see the look on his face killed me inside," Buratti told CBS News Orlando affiliate WKMG. Her son, who is autistic, was so saddened by the absence of guests, she said, that he refused to smile. "I know this might be something silly to rant...
  • Hundreds attend funeral of Copenhagen terrorist (Denmark terrorist attack )

    02/20/2015 1:17:17 PM PST · by marthemaria · 18 replies
    Omar El-Hussein, 22, was placed in an unmarked grave in the Muslim cemetery in Broendby, on the outskirts of Copenhagen, watched by around 500 people, mostly young men wearing thick black jackets against the cold and rain, an AFP reporter said. El-Hussein, a Danish citizen of Palestinian origin, has been identified by police as the gunman who shot dead two people — 55-year-old filmmaker Finn Noergaard and 37-year-old Dan Uzan, a volunteer Jewish security guard — in the Danish capital last weekend. Five police officers were also injured in the dual attacks that took place at an event featuring a...
  • ISIS Says Female US Hostage Killed In Airstrike

    02/06/2015 9:14:48 AM PST · by marthemaria · 72 replies
    The Islamic State is claiming one of its hostages, a 26-year-old American female aid worker, is dead, according to the Site Intelligence Group, a website that monitors extremists The terrorist group claimed she died when a Jordanian aircraft struck the building in which she was located in Raqqa, Syria. Jordanian fighter jets bombed Islamic State sites on Thursday, after the militants burned to death a captured Jordanian pilot. The State Department told Sky News earlier this week it was working "very hard" to free the aid worker.
  • Krekar banished to Trøndelag village (Norwegian terrorist)

    01/20/2015 11:15:45 AM PST · by marthemaria · 14 replies
    Oslo Police plan to send Mullah Krekar, the former refugee who turned into a threat to national security, to the small community of Kyrksæterøra in the county of Sør-Trøndelag when he’s released from prison later this week. Krekar’s attorney Brynjar Meling raised immediate objections. “This is clearly something Krekar can’t accept,” Meling told Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) after the controversial Muslim cleric’s fate was made public Tuesday afternoon. “Being moved so far from his family (in Oslo) is such an infringement that we will take this to court.” Norwegian authorities are using a new law to restrict Krekar’s movements pending his...
  • Jyllands-Posten defends Charlie Hebdo decision

    01/10/2015 12:30:52 PM PST · by marthemaria · 6 replies
    As the only major Danish newspaper not to republish Charlie Hebdo content in the wake of the Paris terror attacks, the newspaper behind the Muhammad cartoon crisis 'grudgingly" puts his employees well-being first .Jyllands-Posten, the Danish newspaper that caused global controversy by publishing cartoons of the prophet Muhammad was the only major Danish daily Thursday not to carry any illustrations from the French weekly Charlie Hebdo. Jyllands-Posten sparked protests across the Muslim world - some of which turned lethal - after its 2005 publication of 12 cartoons that included a picture of the Islamic prophet wearing a bomb in a...
  • Listen to terrorist Amedy Coulibaly's bizarre conversation with hostage during supermarket siege

    01/10/2015 7:23:29 AM PST · by marthemaria · 28 replies
    The jihadist was heard claiming his attack - and the Charlie Hebdo massacre - were motivated by French military action in Mali and Syria No one answered but the line remained open for several minutes, capturing the terrorist speaking to a hostage. During a five-minute rant he says: "Every time, they try to make you think Muslims are terrorists. I was born in France. If they hadn't been attacked elsewhere I wouldn't be here." He later adds: "'I'll tell them to stop attacking the Islamic State, stop unveiling our women, stop putting our brothers in prison for everything and anything."...
  • Bill Maher: Hundreds of Millions of Muslims Support Attack on ‘Charlie Hebdo’

    01/08/2015 7:42:17 AM PST · by marthemaria · 41 replies
    Bill Maher didn’t hold back Wednesday night, blasting “hundreds of millions” of the world’s Muslims for allegedly supporting the Islamic terrorist massacre of cartoonists, writers, and editors at a Parisian satirical magazine that has mocked the Prophet Muhammad. “I know most Muslim people would not have carried out an attack like this,” the host of HBO’s Real Time With Bill Maher said on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live. “But here’s the important point: Hundreds of millions of them support an attack like this. They applaud an attack like this. What they say is, ‘We don’t approve of violence, but you know...
  • The cat who was shot for treason in the first world war.

    12/31/2014 10:42:14 AM PST · by marthemaria · 19 replies
    A British soldier “shakes hands” with a kitten on a snowy bank, Neulette, 1917. In the Christmas truce film Joyeux Noël, a cat runs back and forth between the enemy trenches to soldiers that feed it. One names the cat Felix and the other Nestor, and when the two meet in No Man’s Land during thet ruce, a sweet argument ensues between the two men over whose cat it is and what is, in fact, its name. The director of the film, Carion, drew on a real life story of a cat who did this during the truce and was...
  • Peshawar school attack: Taliban 'burn teacher alive in front of pupils and behead children'

    12/17/2014 9:24:52 AM PST · by marthemaria · 35 replies
    Taliban terrorists allegedly burned a teacher alive and made the students watch during their attack on a Pakistan school which left over 130 people dead. According to a NBC News report, citing an unnamed military official, the terrorists stormed the Army Public school in Peshawar, in north-west Pakistan, and committed the horrific act as well as detonating a suicide bomb which killed a number of students. "They burnt a teacher in front of the students in a classroom," the unnamed military source told the US TV network. "They literally set the teacher on fire with gasoline and made the kids...
  • I have to check her teeth Chilling footage shows ISIS fighters at slave girl 'market'

    11/04/2014 11:39:57 AM PST · by marthemaria · 30 replies
    An unsettling video has emerged purporting to show Islamic State fighters bartering over Yazidi women at a slave girl 'market'. The terror organisation recently boasted of enslaving women from the Iraqi ethnic minority, and the men appearing in the clip explain it is 'slave market day'. The clip shows the men negotiating the price of the women, with blue and green-eyed young girls fetching a higher price. t starts with one man saying to the camera: 'Today is the slave market day. Today is the day where this verse applies: 'Except with their wives and the (captives) whom their right...
  • James Foley execution video staged: experts

    08/25/2014 10:16:07 AM PDT · by marthemaria · 58 replies
    THE VIDEO of a British jihadist beheading an American hostage was probably staged, with the actual murder taking place off-camera, according to forensic analysis. Footage of James Foley’s death at the hands of a man with a London accent provided a powerful propaganda tool for Islamic State when it was uploaded on to the internet and broadcast around the world last week. Now it has emerged that the Briton might be a frontman and not the killer. His identity has almost certainly been established by the security services, but they have yet to act for fear of endangering the lives...
  • See It: Video Showing New Jersey Bear Walking Like A Human Goes Viral

    08/08/2014 8:42:04 AM PDT · by marthemaria · 22 replies
    Apparently, bears do a lot of things in the woods, including walking upright like a human. A home video showing a black bear on its hind legs has been viewed on YouTube than 52,000 times. The New Jersey black bear strolls across a street, peeks into a trash can and generally just ambles along in a Jefferson Township neighborhood. A woman who answered the phone after hours at the Jefferson police department, but declined to giver her name, laughed when the Daily News called for comment. “We’ve all seen it here in the office,” she said of the video. Asked...
  • Inseparable couple who jumped to their deaths because they 'didn't want to be a burden

    07/23/2014 7:41:06 AM PDT · by marthemaria · 8 replies
    Glenys and Royston Smith, 88 and 91, fell to their deaths in December Both suffered from an array of medical conditions, including osteoporosis They had said days before they were afraid of burdening their family Investigators found the note written in pen on their kitchen whiteboard An inquest today in Bournemouth, Dorset, ruled the deaths were suicides The great-grandparents who had been married 67 years, had said just days before they felt unable to go on, and were afraid of burdening their family. Cindy Hoyle, the building's caretaker who found the couple, said Mr Smith had told her days before...
  • Child killed, four hurt in family brawl (Norway)

    05/24/2014 12:31:18 PM PDT · by marthemaria · 20 replies
    UPDATED: A family brawl among 10 people at Ellingsrud in northeast Oslo left a two-year-old girl dead, one critically injured and three others wounded on Friday night. Police arrested several people at the scene of what was described as a massive knife fight. The fight was reported shortly before 5pm, police told Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK). Details were sketchy in initial reports from the scene, with one person reported dead and three persons said to be critically injured. It wasn’t until later that police confirmed that the victim of the deadly brawl that shocked the Ellingsrud neighbourhood was the two-year-old daughter...
  • Three killed in shooting outside Brussels Jewish museum

    05/24/2014 9:13:47 AM PDT · by marthemaria · 13 replies
    At least three people were killed in a shooting in central Brussels at the city's Jewish museum on Saturday, local media reported, quoting a fire brigade official. The suspect is still at large. At least four people, three men and a woman, were caught up in the attack, Brussels mayor Yvan Mayeur told RTBF, a Belgian broadcasting company, from the scene. A number of ambulances were at the scene. According to the reports, at least one man came out of a car parked near the entrance to the museum and started shooting, and then fled the scence. An eye witness...
  • Pope Francis Says He Would Definitely Baptize Aliens If They Asked Him To

    05/13/2014 9:35:11 AM PDT · by marthemaria · 220 replies
    Pope Francis would absolutely baptize an alien from Mars, if one showed up at the Vatican and asked for it. During his weekly homily on Monday, Franics said that aliens — which he imagines could be "Green, with that long nose and big ears, just like children paint them" — should be baptized just like anyone else who asks for it, because it's not up to any human to decide who should receive the Holy Spirit. In other words: if God prompts some Martians to come to Earth, find the Pope, and say "we want in on this Catholicism thing."...
  • Boston Marathon finish line area evacuated after suspicious backpacks found

    The area near the Boston Marathon finish line has been evacuated after two unattended bags were discovered. WBZ-TV photographers on the scene, which earlier in the day was the site of a tribute to last year's bombing victims, reported they saw a man with a backpack screaming "Boston Strong." The Boston Police Department reported on Twitter two unattended backpacks were found in the area of the Boston Marathon finish line. They asked people to avoid the area. A bomb squad was en route.
  • 12 Dead, 240 Injured Following World Cup Celebrations In Algeria

    11/20/2013 11:48:37 PM PST · by marthemaria · 7 replies
    Twelve people died and 240 more were injured in Algeria Tuesday night, during celebrations for the national soccer team’s World Cup-clinching victory, according to Algerian authorities. After the win, fans celebrated the victory across Algeria, driving their cars through the streets and honking their horns despite heavy rains in the northern part of the country. In a statement released Wednesday, the Algerian government reported that five fans were killed when a van slid off a road into a ravine in the port city of Bejaia and four more died in a car accident in Biskra, the capital city of the...
  • Ice cream names cause debate - are the names racist or Nazi codewords?

    11/12/2013 6:49:25 AM PST · by marthemaria · 53 replies
    GB Glace launched a new flavor of a classic ice-cream the other week, and were promptly accused of racism. The ice-creams unfortunate name is "Nogger Black" as it is a liquorice flavored version of the classic nougat-flavored "Nogger". A couple of years ago they made a liquorice version of the 88. It had a crunchy outside, liquorice and vanilla inside and was really quite good. However, it failed to become popular and was discontinued. This year GB decided to try their luck with a liquorice version of another classic ice-cream, the nougat covered vanilla and then soft nougat center ice-cream...
  • Magnus Carlsen at 12: 'Why was I born without any chess talent?

    It is the most anticipated world championship match since the Fischer-Spassky title clash in 1972. A new era has possibly dawned, where one of the greatest players in the history of chess, Viswanathan Anand, plays Magnus Carlsen. In Norway, like in India, chess is in the shadow of more popular TV sports such as skiing and football. Despite his being recognised in the streets regularly, Carlsen's fame hasn't led to an increase in the number of chess players. When I first saw Carlsen as a nine-year-old in April 2000, I knew he was something special. It may sound like a...
  • 'Three killed' in Norway bus hijack

    'Three killed' in Norway bus hijack Breaking news Three people have been killed in the hijacking of a bus in Norway, media reports say. The suspect, a man in his 50s of foreign origin, has been arrested, police told Norway's TV2 news channel. The man was said to have been armed with a knife. There were no immediate details of the number of injured. The attack - which was initially reported as a traffic accident - took place around 17:30 local time (GMT) in the central town of Ardal.
  • For Norwegian drug addicts, pregnancy might lead to incarceration

    11/02/2013 3:19:24 AM PDT · by marthemaria · 6 replies
    A unique law gives social workers in Norway the right to lock up pregnant drug addicts to protect the health of unborn children. A new study looks at how the pregnant users react to being incarcerated 'Siri' was enrolled in an opioid-assisted drug rehabilitation programme in Norway when she discovered that she was sixth months pregnant. She informed the staff immediately, and within 24 hours she was – voluntarily – on her way to a closed ward. She felt that firm limits were needed. After arrival she was shocked to find that doors and windows were locked, surveillance was extensive,...
  • Merkel quizzes Obama on reports US spied on her phone

    10/24/2013 6:07:36 AM PDT · by marthemaria · 20 replies
    German Chancellor Angela Merkel demanded answers from President Barack Obama on Wednesday after learning US spies may have monitored her phone, warning this would be "breach of trust" between allies. The White House, rattled by the latest exposure based on leaks from intelligence contractor Edward Snowden, said it is not now listening in on Merkel, but did not deny the possibility her communications may have been intercepted in the past. In the wake of Snowden's ongoing revelations, several more key US countries have already complained about American electronic surveillance, and the White House is struggling to stem the diplomatic damage....
  • Mystery Gypsy camp girl triggers global outpouring of sympathy and tips

    10/22/2013 8:34:39 AM PDT · by marthemaria · 32 replies
    A Greek appeal for help in identifying the girl has triggered a global outpouring of sympathy and tips -- over 8,000 calls so far -- but no concrete breakthroughs, authorities said Monday. Greek police on the case are investigating everything from a potential link with child trafficking rings to a welfare scam or even simple charity as they seek the The Greek appeal follows the discovery last week of the girl in a Gypsy settlement in central Greece during a police raid looking for drugs, firearms and fugitives. The blond, blue-eyed child was strikingly unlike the couple she lived with,...
  • Feral pig pinches multiple six-packs of beer and runs riot at Pilbara camp sites

    09/11/2013 9:19:51 AM PDT · by marthemaria · 17 replies
    A booze-stealing feral pig that is wreaking havoc in the Pilbara has prompted a reminder for travellers at camp sites and rest stops to ensure their food and alcohol is secured. It is believed the animal has drunk up to 18 cans of beer at the DeGrey River rest area, east of Port Hedland, over the past few days. Fionna Findley says the animal has caused a nuisance, ransacking bin bags left in the area by clean-up crews. "And when they were talking to some of the road users that were parked over for the night, I think they were...
  • Little Girl and Baby Gorilla Make Fast Friends at the Zoo

    08/28/2013 3:43:43 AM PDT · by marthemaria · 16 replies
    There may be no sweeter pairing than a small child and an animal, especially when that animal is itself a baby. When innocence meets innocence on such a grand scale, generally the uber cute fireworks start popping off. With that said, prepare yourself for an overload of cuteness and proceed with caution. Recently a little girl got to take a trip to the zoo with her family. Little did she know that when she entered the gorilla exhibit, not only would she see the majestic primates in all of their glory, she would also make a new friend in the...
  • Amazon tribe in voluntary isolation reappears in Peru jungle seeking supplies at remote town

    08/20/2013 10:00:00 AM PDT · by marthemaria · 40 replies
    A tribe of Indians that lives in voluntary isolation in Peru’s southeastern Amazon has made a tense attempt at contact. The president of the regional FENAMAD indigenous federation says more than 100 Mashco-Piro appeared across a river from the remote community of Monte Salvado in Madre de Dios state. Klaus Quicque says they asked local Yine people for bananas, rope and machetes. Newly available video that Quique says was shot by forest rangers over three days in June shows Mashco-Piro of all ages and sexes, including men with lances, bows and arrows. Quicque said Monday there were tense moments but...